What is the fate of the Rawlingses after the NDC Delegates Congress?

After the resounding victory chalked by President John Evans Atta Mills over his only challenger for the right to represent the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2012 presidential election, the conventional wisdom is that the vanquished would congratulate the winner and a united front forged for the national poll. Evidence emerging seems to indicate that Sunyani might have only settled the right to representation. The feud might still be raging.On an Accra radio station yesterday, the Campaign Manager of Konadu for President, Michael Teye Nyaunu, insisted that the NDC had retained the same bad driver for the Yutong bus, alluding to the fact that the party might have made a mistake in choosing the sitting President.

The word from Ridge is that Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings and the Founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings, would address a press conference tomorrow to explain why the former first lady lost miserably, and to outline their plans for the future.

There is no guessing the mood of the former first family. The way and manner both husband and wife dashed out of the Sunyani Coronation Park before President Atta Mills delivered his acceptance speech, speaks volumes about the frustration of the founder and his wife.

On an Accra private radio station yesterday, Kofi Adams, spokesperson for the Rawlingses and a deputy General Secretary of the NDC, described President Atta Mills’ victory as ‘choreographed and well-orchestrated long before the congress, to the disadvantage of the his challenger, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings. “ To sum it up, the result is a choreographed result,” he said.

Kofi Adams was speaking in an interview with Kwame Sefa Kayi, regular host of Peace FM’s morning show “Kokrokoo” in Accra. He told listeners that events prior to the Sunyani Congress all attested to the fact that the congress was skewed to the advantage of President Mills.

According to him, the campaign team of his employers, the Rawlingses, would let the world know exactly what went wrong at the Sunyani polls at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. “The campaign team will let the world know what happened on Wednesday, simply because that is the date set aside by the team for its press conference,” he said.

When pushed further on the need to hold the press conference, Kofi Adams said though the general elections in the years 2000, 2004 and 2008 were now history, people were still discussing various activities that happened during those elections, and “so there is nothing wrong with the date set aside for the press conference.” He promised to bring out a comprehensive report showing why the poll ended in the heavy humiliation of Nana Konadu at the Delegates Congress in Sunyani from July 8-10, this year.

The former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the incumbent President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, at the Sunyani polls. She pulled 90 votes out of the 2,861 valid votes cast, representing 3.1 percent, whilst President Mills pulled 2,771 votes, representing 96.9 percent. Overall, 2,869 votes were cast, but 5 were spoiled.

According to Kofi Adams, the reasons for the walk-out staged by the founder and his wife at the congress immediately after the EC had declared the results of the poll would also be discussed at the press conference.

The campaign team of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, together with Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (FONKAR), prior to the NDC Delegates Conference, raised several issues, ranging from intimidation to the sidelining of some of their members on the various planning committees of the events.

The team also raised issues on the regional voting pattern of the delegates, arguing that the decision of the party would have a negative bearing on the delegates in their voting.

All the aforementioned issues were channeled to the party executives for redress. Forty-eight hours before the congress, the party acceded to Konadu’s demand on the regional voting, and decided to pair some of the regions, leaving the Ashanti Region to stand alone. The Northern Region was asked to vote together with the party executives and other delegates who were not in the regions. The congress was consequently left with six ballot boxes for the delegates to cast their votes.

However, in a quick rebuttal to Kofi Adams’ claims, the Campaign Manager of the Get Atta Mills Endorsed (GAME) team, J. H. Owusu Acheampong, said his outfit did nothing to skew the polls in favour of President Mills. He told Sefa Kayi on the same medium that the message of GAME was what did the magic for President Mills’ landslide victory over the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

“We did not do anything extraordinary, except to campaign for President Mills. We went to all corners of the country to sell what President Mills has been doing, and what he intends doing for the country and the party,” he noted. According to him, GAME was expecting a 90-95 percent landslide victory over Konadu, but was very surprised to bag in additional 1.9 percent.

“The additional percentage we got meant that our campaign message got on well with the delegates, hence their massive support for President Mills,” he added. He told listeners that the next step for his outfit to do was to sit down with President Mills and the party executives, and explore avenues to get on board former President Jerry John Rawlings and his better half, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, on the campaign trail of the NDC towards victory in election 2012.

“We are one family, and they (referring to the Rawlingses) know that the contest was an internal affair and not external, and so it was obvious that one of the candidates will eventually emerge victorious. So, now that the congress is over, we will sit down with them and dialogue to reach an agreement on what should be the way forward for the party,” he said. Mr. Acheampong dismissed the assertion that the result of the polls was choreographed to the disadvantage of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

“Everybody, including the press, was on the park. Things went on openly for everybody to see – the voting and counting of the ballot were done openly.

Nothing was done under the sun. It was the understanding and conviction of the delegates to re-elect President Mills to lead the party for Election 2012.

So, we will be very surprised to hear campaign team of Nana Konadu come out with any allegations. When that happens on Wednesday, we will have no option than to reply them,” he noted.

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